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I Married A Prince iUnder discussion Hisntroduction to Rebecca West s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon s simply astonishing I cannot magine a better ntroduction being written To anything Ever Unless there s divine or demonic ntervention Maybe not even then At the time I didn t pay all that much attention to Hitchen s death Reading these essays has made me understand that Toms Midnight Garden its a considerable loss He will be greatly missed Hitchens famously an atheist famously a leftist accused of being reactionary famously a man who writes drank and smoked nearly non stop famously a man now living on borrowed time with an ncurable cancer stalking his days s nobody s fool except like the rest of us perhaps his own This elephantine book some 750 pages the size of a Collected Essays Sheriff Bill - Der Held von Devil's Point is just his most recent output Some essays were written and first published at the very end of the 90s but the vast majority of essays are from the aughts Frankly I was a little stunned to discover after purchase thatt wasn t a career spanning anthology and anticipated a lot of chaff The Way of Revelation (Pocket Classics) in with the wheat but was delighted to find that Hitchens has a rare capacity to write a lot about a wide range of things with a keen eye and keener wit Most of the essays originatedn Vanity Fair The Atlantic or Slate Some from miscellaneous newspapers or books reviews Another handful are Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery: A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatization introductions to books by others The essaysn Arguably cover literature domestic politics history human rights religion nternational affairs the necessary ntegrity of words and social s The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop including but not limited to oral sex There are two essays back to back on Graham Greene that repeat themselves and the book would have been better served by choosing one but overall this collection read very well smoothly entertaining and freuently provocativen the best sense of that word Hitchens has a reputation as a contrarian because his views can catch one off guard he thought and still thinks that the Ira War was a necessary even over due war he thinks women Brenin in the aggregate are less funny than menn the aggregate But n point of fact Hitchens s a stickler for two things principles like those that Doctor Who: Engines of War imperfectly undergird western democracy secular humanism and liberal political thought and the right to express one s thoughts He prefers unmasked stupidity to masked stupidity He prefers an open debate to anyone s list of taboo thoughts or sacred cows Andf you are debating him with a set of arguments resting on unchallenged assumptions beware Hitchens s smart precise knowledgeable logical consistent and surgical n his assaults on the arguments of others Unlike Gore Vidal who long ago turned his wit and raptor s sense of an opponent s vulnerability nto sound bite schtick so much so that now listening to him on any topic s like listening to a talking doll with 12 pre programmed sarcasms and a string to pull Hitchens on the other hand s engaged n any conversation The Racehorse Who Disappeared in which hes taking part He hears what others are saying gives credit where t s due and skewers statements that are false na ve hypocritical self serving cowardly bullying or merely poorly reasoned His prose s always readable freuently funny and always nimble and concise He s convinced me to read PG Wodehouse Anthony Powell Victor Serve and Rebecca West but not George MacDonald Fraser He unsettled a few of my assumptions and reuired me to think differently about the Ira War the meaning of tolerance and Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten intolerance and Bill Clinton He providesnsightful arguments about the criminality of torture though whether he was reuired to submit to waterboarding to make his points Sutherlands Rules is another uestion the abuse of American history on which the Far Right s views depend and themportance of WHAuden s poem September 1 1939 a favorite poem of mine as well Like the best of essayists he s a very good companion whether you are arguing with him or enjoying the benefit of his arguments for a shared view he makes you smarter This last point s not a small one he makes you smarter not because he persuades you *to his views which he does sometimes but because he compels you to think about your * his views which he does sometimes but because he compels you to think about your What could be better Arguably An Officer and a Gentleman (A Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin Story) is great butt s not of the god s Not Great genre t s a choice selection of Christopher Hitchens own essays and of a vaster scope than the global fallout from religion that the god title focuses than the global fallout from religion that the god title focuses Although a reader hungering for a Hitchens style treatment of atheism n essay form can be repeatedly sated by his When Dimple Met Rishi introduction to the Portable Atheist Its riveting n just the same way however and the temptation to adopt Hitchens lucid opinions as my own s also similar Arguably covers a wild variety of topics Some I may not have typically sought out but all are worth reading and for me re reading It has ntroduced many ntriguing new titles authors and subjects for my to read stack I ve kept the globe spinning and Wikipedia fired up throughout memorized a little of the Rubayat and seen Animal Farm acted out Night Watch in many times and places The political essays are than a few ranks above my typical American understanding but my perceptions are a bit sharper for having read them anyway and my position on tortures validated His graphic sumi style End of Day images from his experiencesn Viet Nam Cuba Pakistan Iran and many are ntense While reading I ve lost my optimism for humankind a few times and re found t almost the same numberIf I had a complaint Scenery, Set, and Staging in the Italian Renaissance: Studies in the Practice of Theatre it s that at 749 pagest s still too short Thankfully everything he s written Israel! Do You Know? is archived somewhere In all Arguablys brilliant and Korean War it s the perfect book for a reader who wants to level up a few Barbarisms not the Serpico inheritance of our prehistory Its the companion that dogs our every stepAlain Finkielkraut uoted n Hitchens IntroductionChristopher Hitchens n 20074 12 starsBackgroundChristopher Hitchens doesn t need much of an Truyol Y Serra's Doctrines of International Law introduction Just a few words here condensed from the foll A supersize blimp of prime Hitch All the piecesn here are charged with an ntellectual and polemical heft unlike what pours from most men s brains The opening batch All American contains the nfamous Vidal Loco a scathing and accurate takedown of the former master s lapse Globalization, Sports Law and Labour Mobility: The Case of Professional Baseball in the United States and Japan into rambling crank The literary essaysn Eclectic Affinities favour the British canon for their focus however the superlative takes on Rebecca West and Dickens make up for this clannishness The finest polemical and political writing Competitive People Strategy: How to Attract, Develop and Retain the Staff You Need for Business Success is on shown the Offshore Accounts and Amusements Annoyances Disappointments sections Strategies for Minimizing Risk Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices ACT and Related Laws including the misunderstood Why Women Aren t Funny that earned Hitch huffy haters Legacies of Totalitarianism Best best best book of the yearA review to follow probably next year The people who must never have power are the humorless Tompossible certainties of rectitude they ally tedium and uniformity Christopher Hitchens Arguably Selected EssaysIt s hard to not love they ally tedium and uniformity Christopher Hitchens Arguably Selected EssaysIt s hard to not love Or hate him God I miss him He was one of those journalists and public Limits to Stakeholder Influence: Why the Business Case Won't Save the World intellectuals yes thats a tired phrase that constantly made me feel I needed to up my game a bit I would read a no I will NOT use an Hitchens article n Vanity Fair or Slate or about anywhere and realize that I hadn t read enough thought enough and certainly not crafted my thoughts well enough Tail between my legs I would strive to do better I didn t always agree with Hitchens but reading him was like watching a master be masterlyA lot of these essays I ve read before on the nternet or Let's Talk 3 Student's Book in some glossy magazine profile I was always amazed at the voracity of his appetite He consumed books He fed ondeas He was a humanist Mat ebook and others 736 pages and has a text language like English. 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IntroductionAll American Gods of Our Fathers The United States of Enlightenment The Private Jefferson Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates Benjamin Franklin Free and Easy John Brown The Man Who Ended Slavery Abraham Lincoln Misery s Child Mark Twain American Radical Upton Sinclair A Capitalist Primer JFK In Sickness and by Stealth Saul Bellow The Great Assimilator Vladimir Nabokov Hurricane Lolita John Updike Part One No Way John Updike Part Two Mr Geniality Vidal Loco America the Banana Republic An Anglosphere Future Political Animals Old Enough to Die In Defense of Foxhole Atheists In Search of the Washington NovelEclectic Affinities Isaac Newton Flaws of Gravity The Men Who Made England Hilary Mantel s Wolf Hall Edmund Burke Reactionary Prophet Samuel Johnson Demons and Dictionaries Gustave Flaubert I m with Stupide The Dark Side of Dickens Marx s Journalism The Grub Street Years Rebecca West Things Worth Fighting For Ezra Pound A Revolutionary Simpleton On Animal Farm Jessica Mitford s Poison Pen W Somerset Maugham Poor Old Willie Evelyn Waugh The Permanent Adolescent P G Wodehouse The Honorable Schoolboy Anthony Powell An Omnivorous Curiosity John Buchan Spy Thriller s Father Graham Greene I ll Be Damned Death from a Salesman Graham Greene s Bottled Ontology Loving Philip Larkin Stephen Spender A Nice Bloody Fool Edward Upward The Captive Mind C L R James Mid Off Not Right On J G Ballard The Catastrophist Fraser s Flashman Scoundrel Time Fleet Street s Finest From Waugh to Frayn Saki Where the Wild Things Are Harry Potter The Boy Who LivedAmusements Annoyances and Disappointments Why Women Aren t Funny Stieg Larsson The Author Who Played with Fire As American as Apple Pie So Many Men s Rooms So Little Time The New Commandments In Your Face Wine Drinkers of the World Unite Charles Prince of PiffleOffshore Accounts Afghanistan s Dangerous Bet First Silence the Whistle Blower Believe Me It s Torture Iran s Waiting Game Long Live Democratic Seismology Benazir Bhutto Daughter of Destiny From Abbottabad to Worse The Perils of Partition Algeria A French uarrel The Case of Orientalism Edward Said Where the Twain Should Have Met The Swastika and the Cedar Holiday n Ira Tunisia At the Desert s Edge What Happened to the Suicide Bombers of Jerusalem Childhood s End An African Nightmare The Vietnam Syndrome Once Upon a Time European State Aid and Tax Rulings in Germany Worse Than Nineteen Eighty Four North Korea A Nation of Racist Dwarves The Eighteenth Brumaire of the Castro Dynasty Hugo Boss Is the Euro Doomed Overstating Jewish Power The Case for Humanitarian InterventionLegacies of Totalitarianism Victor Serge Pictures from an Inuisition Andr Malraux One Man s Fate Arthur Koestler The Zealot Isabel Allende Chile Redux The Persian Version Martin Amis Lightness at Midnight Imagining Hitler Victor Klemperer Survivor A War Worth Fighting Just Give Peace A Chance W G Sebald Reuiem for GermanyWords Worth When the King Saved God Let Them Eat Pork Rinds Stand Up for Denmark Eschew the Taboo She s No Fundamentalist Burned Out Easter Charade Don t Mince Words History and Mystery Words Matter This Was Not Looting The Other L Word The You Decade Suck It Up A Very Very Dirty Word Prisoner of Shelves AcknowledgementsIndex GAH I can t look away from this cover that Goodreads provided My copy of Arguablys plain blinding yellow which sometimes gives me a headache but at least t doesn t stare nto my soul I feel sorry for anyone who actually owns a copy with this particular cover of doom on The Only Way Out Is in: A Modern Day Yogi's Commentary on the Synergy of Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra it Before his death I had a vague awareness of Christopher Hitchens having read some of his contributions to Vanity Fair but he never struck me as someone I should be paying close attention to until after he had died and I was reading some of his most memorable uotes online Click the link and read 11 It changed my entire perception of Hitchens and made me respect him so much I was raised Catholic and you simply do not criticize Mother friggin Teresa It just does not compute for us But the things he was absolutely right After I read that I decided that I had to read of Hitchens stuff The essays The Complete Paladin's Handbook in this group are dividednto sections first are a series of book reviews which are less about the books The Lake in uestion and critical essays on the various dead British men who are the subjects then a bunch of straightforward worshipful essays on mostly dead British male authors a bit entitled Amusements Annoyances and Disappointments which had I beenn charge of this collection would have been titled Hitchens Bitchin tip your waitresses you ve been great foreign policy essays dealing mostly With The Middle East Legacies the Middle East Legacies Totalitarianism and finally a series of brief little essays on a wide range of subjects Surface of the Deep: Searching for Booker Wright and Finding Redemption Along the Way including a history of the King James Bible a discussion of the evolution of the word like and the joys of the phrase fuck offThey re not all awesome I freely admit that I skipped the essays on Edmund Burke Stephen Spender and Edward Said because I don t know who those guys aredon t know enough about them to make the essays compelling Hitchens can be unbelievably crotchety particularlyn a piece where he whines about how much he hates The Devil Aspect it when a waiternterrupts dinner e nterrupts Hitchens speaking to pour wine for everyone at the table Also he has a remarkable tone deaf essay An Unlikely Pair (My Once and Future Love, in which he laments that hesn t allowed to say the n word Four Corners Level 1b Workbook in any context without everyone getting mad at him And of course hisnfamous Why Women Aren t Funny essay Stahl's Illustrated Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders is here andt s so mired Love and Punishment (Beyond Fairytales series) in smugness and antiuated gender stereotypes thatt s not even worth reading much less taking seriously #I Ll Save You The #ll save you the and tell you that Hitchens s argument boils down to women can t be funny because they re too preoccupied with having babies No really In fact Hitchens s pretty damn nsufferable whenever he has to talk about women and he Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives is especiallyrritating when he s discussing Middle Eastern women He has a terrible essay on why Kaltblau it s a gooddea for France to ban buruas I personally prefer Jon Stewart s take on the ssue which s that forbidding women to dress a certain way Between Octobers is just as bad as forcing them to do so and seems to be personally offended by thedea of any woman wearing a burua hijab or even a headscarf In fact whenever a Middle Eastern woman Julian 3: The Works of the Emperor Julian is mentionedn the book even Contemporary Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia if she s just been seen from a distance Hitchens has to make sure to let us knowf she s wearing a headscarf This s weird because although he freuently seeks out other experts to weigh n on whatever topic he s writing about he even emailed Nora Ephron and Fran Lebowitz for their opinions on his hurr women can t tell jokes bullshit because apparently they are the funniest women Christopher Hitchens knows which makes me sad for a lot of reasons he never mentions asking a Muslim woman about why she does or doesn t wear a headscarf The Second Biennial Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Iowa: For the Fiscal Period Ending June 30, 1883 (Classic Reprint) idea that a woman would choose to wear a headscarf rather than being forced to doesn t seem to have occurred to HitchensBut everything else he writes about the Middle Easts very very good and possibly the best essays n the entire collection are when he s discussing his experiences n Ira and Afghanistan there s a particularly stirring essay where Hitchens willingly allows himself to be waterboarded and reports on the experience And despite not always agreeing with t I was n constant awe of Hitchen s voice and First Cosmic Velocity itsntelligent no bullshit tone One thing that at least can be said for Christopher Hitchens he does not condescend to his readers In fact he expects you to be as smart as he s and understand all of his referenc. 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Es and jokes and I ll admit that I couldn t always keep up Also admirable s his absolute refusal to cave to any sentimentality he calls the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings an exhausting national sob festNot that he s heartless One of the most moving essays s about the uses of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and what Hitchens saw when he visited victims who were permanently disfigured because of the chemical I ll give the last word to Hitchens and let him describe the experience himself because there s really no better way to demonstrate what a talented brilliant and secretly compassionate man he wasAt a school full of children who made sign language to one another or who couldn t sit still or who couldn t move much at all or who couldn t see or couldn t hearI was then asked f I would like to say a few words through an Joshi Mousou Shoukougun, Vol. 4 interpreter to the assembly I uite like a captive audience but I didn t trust myself to say a fucking thing Several of the childrenn the front row were so wizened and shrunken that they looked as f they could be my seniors I swear to you that Jim Natchway has taken photographs as one of his few rivals Philip Jones Griffiths also took photographs that simply cannot be printed n this magazine because they would poison your sleep as they have poisoned mine A Provocative Chest of Treasures What Is As American as Apple Pie answer Tryst with Prosperity is be lowupdtd 5417Thiss the cynosure of all essay collections It s too bad that most of my goodreads friends will likely skip this review Tryst with Prosperity: Indian Business and the Bombay Plan of 1944 ints entirety basing this guess on 17 likes Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition in a couple of years and twomprovementsupdatesIn any case I cannot find the right words to describe how much I love this book I go back to Code Name: Bikini it often to sharpen my thinking and writing and arguing skills His wit was nearly as brilliantly mordant as Oscar Wilde s No book has challenged and amused me on such a variety ofntriguing topics as this collection of Christopher Hitchens best essays Before reading Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy it I was not a fan of Hitchens Regrettably I now realize I just wasn t paying attention all those years he was aroundAlong with his most brilliant mordant wit he had a textbook knowledge of a vast array of topics see below While his lexicon was wide and deep he always wroten risible rhythmic sentences that ebbed and flowed whilst he whaled on hypocrisy or satirized politicians or essayed on annoyances affinities and amusements To give just one straightforward example n his essay As American as Apple Pie published n the July 2006 Vanity Fair he noted of a certain American affinity The crucial word doesn t come Legenden von Nuareth - Heldentaten into the Americandiom until the 1940s when t was a a part of the gay underworld and b possibly derived from the jazz scene and ts oral nstrumentation But t has never lost Bankerupt its supposed Victorian origin which was below job cognatef you like with the now archaic going down This term from London s whoredom still has a faint whiff of contempt Stay with me I ve been doing the hard thinking for you The three letter job with 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation its can domplications also makes the term especially American Certainly by the time of the war Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace in Vietnam the war correspondent David Leitch recorded reporters swapping notes When you get to Da Nang ask for Mickey Mouth Fast Times at Ridgemont HighThis book contains numerous fascinating pieces he wrote about the big namesn literature As examples Harry Potter The Boy Who Lived Mark Twain American Radical Vladimir Nabokov Hurricane Lolita Upton Sinclair A Capitalist Primer Gustave Flaubert I m with Stupide The Dark Side of Dickens W Somerset Maugham Poor Old Willie Graham Greene I ll Be Damned Ezra Pound A Revolutionary Simpleton Evelyn Waugh The Permanent Adolescent PG Wodehouse The Honorable Schoolboy Anthony Powell An Omnivorous Curiosity Fraser s Flashman Scoundrel Time Saki Where the Wild Things Are Isabel Allende Chile Redux Martin Amis Lightness at Midnight and Stieg Larsson The Author Who Played with Fire After buying the hardcover I was so fascinated so amused and ntellectually stimulated that I mmediately bought the e book as well I can read these essays over and over and laugh at something anew on each revisitI would go on raving about this book but nothing comes to mind wielding enough wittiness to be worthy or any higher a compliment or recommendationIt s broken nto sectionsAll American 20 essays on things like Jefferson versus the Muslim Pirates Benjamin Franklin Free and Easy and Abraham Lincoln Misery s ChildEclectic Affinities 27 essays on topics ncluding many listed above and The Men Who Made England Hilary Mantel s Wolf Hall Samuel Johnson Demons and Dictionaries and On Animal FarmAmusements Annoyances and Disappointments 8 essays such as As American as Apple Pie Charles Prince of Piffle and So Many Men s Rooms So Little Time see Sen Larry CraigOffshore Accounts 25 with titles Wishing for a Home including North Korea A Nation of Racist Dwarves and Worse than Nineteen Eighty FourLegacies of Totalitarianism 11 essays from Imagining Hitler Arthur Koestler The Zealot and WG Sebald Reuiem for Germanyand Words Worth 16 essays such as When the King Saved God on King James I s translation of the Bible The You Decade and A Very Very Dirty WordI could go on and on and OK sof like me you start this collection with the notion that there was something Dreamsnake iffy about this Hitchens bloke I mean how can one dude s stuff be everywhere you look Vanity Fair Esuire The Atlantic all over the damnednternet and he had that whole British obnoxiousness down to a T and The Warlord, the Warrior, the War (Rise of the Penguins, if you re predisposed to find a reason to dislike him let me point you to the one demonstrably brain dead essay of the hundred or son this collection It s on page 389 The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping it s called Why Women Aren t Funnyt s collection It s on page 389 Nach allem, was ich beinahe für dich getan hätte it s called Why Women Aren t Funnyt s stupid as t sounds and t makes Hitchens seem like a complete tool Upon reading t you may be tempted to engage *in a little confirmation bias remembering a certain perceived shrillness n * a little confirmation bias remembering a certain perceived shrillness n contribution to the whole God debate thing And wasn t he the guy who trashed Mother TheresaSlow down there Time for a reality check A few salient facts1 Mother Theresa undoubtedly had t coming just ask Sinead O Connor2 That dumb Why Women Aren t Funny How to Worry Less about Money is the ONLY DUD ESSAY IN THIS BOOK Which means that Hitchenss batting over 99% here Think about that for a while When was the last time you came across a nonfiction collection with those kinds of numbers3 Yes he can be scathing But to an mpressive degree t s only when provoked4 A defining feature of these essays particularly those dealing with other authors s their generosity of spirit Frankly this surprised me a good deal because t didn t suare with my preconceived notion of Hitchens as a kind of super erudite arrogant asshole He s ndeed super erudite He can be a contrarian Children of the Future it s a position he obviously enjoys But hes not a jerk uite the opposite on the basis of these essays at any rate5 A major part of the considerable appeal of this collection Bettina Von Zwehl: Lament is just the funn seeing such an A TYRANNY OF GOD intelligent mind at work I recycled that sentence from my review of Zadie Smith s essay collection butt s true a fortiori n Hitchens s caseAmong these essays my clear favorites are those n which Hitchens discusses the work of other writers There are about 30 of these focusing primarily on English authors though Flaubert Marx and Stieg Larsson make an appearance as do Updike Nabokov Bellow Twain and Upton Sinclair These essays benefit not only from Hitchens s apparently boundless erudition lightly worn but from his obvious desire always to educate the reader about the best ualities of the work. 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